Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

International organizations, enterprises to be discussed

Public organizations and state-owned enterprises in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East will be discussed at a seminar Tuesday, September 23, at noon in the La Follette School conference room.

Michael Roll, a graduate student in the Department of Sociology, will speak on “Politics of Public Sector Performance: Pockets of Effectiveness in Developing Countries.”

Roll will present case studies that are guided by a common analytic framework that is process-oriented and sensitive to the role of politics. The concluding comparative analysis develops a novel explanation for why some public organizations in the developing world beat the odds and turn into pockets of public sector performance and service delivery while most do not.

Upcoming seminars and lectures include:

Thursday, October 2, 2014: James Fowler, a professor of medical genetics and political science at the University of California, San Diego, will speak on “How Social Networks Affect Everything You Feel, Think and Do” at 4 p.m. in the Wisconsin Idea Room of the Education Building on Bascom Mall. This 2014-15 Hilldale Lecture in Social Studies is co-sponsored by departments of Political Science and Educational Psychology, as well as La Follette and the Hilldale Fund.

Friday, October 3, 2014: Susan Hedman, administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region V office in Chicago, will speak on proposed climate change regulations. The 1979 La Follette School alum will speak from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in La Follette School Conference Room.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014: Maarten de Jong of the Netherlands Ministry of Finance and Erasmus University will speak on Purposeful Use of Performance Information in Forestry and Air Traffic Control: A Matter of Nature or Nurture with a Transatlantic Comparison” at noon in the La Follette School conference room.